Category: 1996

1996 NSA Men’s Super Slow Pitch World Series

1996 held at East Chicago, Indiana.


Champion – Lighthouse/Worth, Stone Mountain, Georgia
Runner Up – ShenValley/Superior/ Taylor Brothers/TPS, Bridgewater, Virginia


  • MVP – Mike Shenk, Lighthouse (15-18, .833, 10 HR, 26 RBI)
  • Defensive MVP – ?
  • HR Leaders – Jacques Miller, Steeles (14-24, .583, 19 RBI) –10
  • HR Leaders – Mike Shenk, Lighthouse –10
  • Batting Leader – Ray Eppley, Steele’s  (22-25, 5 HR) – .880

FINAL STANDINGS

None provided

Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series

Q. I’ve heard Coors is sponsoring a national softball tournament. Can you give me more specifics
A. Coors has teamed up with the Amateur Softball Association (known as ASA and USA Softball) to create the Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series, the first comprehensive, nationwide, slow-pitch, amateur softball tournament.

Q. How do teams enter?
A. There are two ways for teams to enter the Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series: 1) Most teams will take a shot at scoring a direct berth in one of the 32 local championship tournaments held across the country by completing and mailing in entry forms to ASA between April 1 and April 26. Entry forms will be available nationwide on special Coors Light softball displays at participating retailers in March and April; 2) Teams also can enter by playing in a Coors distributor-sponsored qualifying tournament to be played in more than 300 towns across the United States beginning in late April. Winners of the qualifying tournaments advance to the local championship round.

Q. When will games take place?
A. Games will be played beginning in late April and will continue through the finals in October. There are four tiers of competition. From April to June, many Coors distributors will be sponsoring local qualifying tournaments. Winners of those tournaments will advance to 32 local championship tournaments played in June and July in major cities. Those 32 winners advance to eight regional playoffs which will be played in August and September. The eight finalists will battle for the Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series title in early October.

Q. Is it true there is prize money?
A. Yes. Winning teams of each local championship will receive $7,500. Regional playoff winning teams receive $20,000. The Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series final winning team receives $100,000. Only winning teams receive prize money or, as they say, winner takes all. There is no prize money at the local qualifying level.

Q. What exactly is the ASA?
A. Based in Oklahoma City, Okla., ASA – Amateur Softball Association (also known as USA Softball) — is the nation’s leading, and largest, amateur softball association and the national governing body of the sport. Its staff and more than 100 local commissioners sanction, organize and manage softball tournaments in all 50 states. ASA has more than 250,000 member teams and more than 50,000 member umpires.

Q. Do you need to be an ASA member team to participate in the tournament?
A. Any team can take a shot at entering. But if your team is chosen, there is a $175 team registration fee, which includes membership in the ASA.

Q. As a team progresses through the World Series, who pays for its travel expenses?
A. Each team is responsible for all its expenses, including travel.

Q. Even to the finals?
A. Yes, teams must pay for their own expenses to get to the finals.

Q. Is this a Coors Light brand promotion?
A. Yes. The Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series is Coors Brewing Company’s main or, as we say in the beer industry, “mega-promotion” for the spring season.

Q. It seems like quite a logistical undertaking.
A. Yes, it is. Most likely there will be close to 400,000 players taking the field in the Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series in more than 300 cities.

Q. Why did Coors choose softball?
A. Softball is the No. 1 amateur participatory sport in the United States, with more than 40 million players. It is also a sport that demographically matches well with the marketing goals of Coors Brewing Company. Many softball players are beer drinkers.

Q. How much is Coors spending on this promotion?
A. Sorry, but for competitive reasons we don’t release promotional or advertising costs.

Q. This is a slow-pitch tournament?
A. Yes, men’s amateur Class C and D slow-pitch teams only.

Q. Are there any other player or team restrictions?
A. Yes. All team members must be legal U.S. residents and at least 21 years old by March 1, 1996. Each team is allowed a maximum of 18 members on its roster, including players, manager and coaches. All team members must be residents of the same state. Players cannot previously have participated on a class A or B team or played on teams that participated in A or B tournaments. As you can see, we want this to be a fair tournament and are trying to avoid entry or play by professionals, ringers or over-qualified teams.

Q. Last spring Coors had a round-the-world Concorde promotion. This year you’ve got a nationwide softball tournament. It seems you are developing some large and unusual promotions lately.
A. That’s true. We’re glad you noticed. Quite simply, Coors is dedicated to bringing consumers the most innovative and exciting promotions in the beer industry. Coors believes the Coors Light Presents USA Softball World Series will truly captivate and excite beer drinkers and sports fans. It will be exciting, and it will be fun.

Q. Why did you hook up with the ASA?
A. It’s simple. They are the sanctioning body of the sport.

Q. Then ASA manages the tournaments and games for you?
A. Yes. Through their staff, local commissioners and umpires, ASA manages the games and World Series. They run the events, Coors is the sponsor.

Q. What was the cost of your sponsorship with ASA?
A. Sorry, but Coors does not reveal its sponsorship or promotional costs.

Q. What marketing support will you be providing this promotion?
A. Coors will support the promotion with a complete line of exciting point-of-sale material, as well as radio advertising.

Q. I’ve also heard there is a special bottle to support the promotion?
A. Yes. To celebrate softball and its millions of players, as well as baseball in general, Coors is introducing the beer industry’s first bat-shaped bottle. The bat bottle is sure to hit a home-run with consumers and softball/baseball enthusiasts. The 18-ounce bottles, available in Coors Light and Original Coors, will hit retailers’ shelves nationwide in mid-March (not available in Texas, Tennessee, Florida and Alabama).

Q. Will there be TV advertising for the promotion or the bottle?
A. No, advertising will consist of radio only.

Q. Are there any cross-promotional offers or consumer tie-ins?
A. We will offer consumers, through our softball POS, the opportunity to purchase name brand softball equipment at very attractive prices. Items available include: Wilson softball glove; H&B; Louisville Slugger softball bat; H&B; batting gloves; Dudley softball; and Killer Loop sunglasses.

Q. Besides ASA, are there other companies working with you on this promotion?
A. Yes. Advantage International, a Connecticut-based marketing firm, is helping us manage the promotion. The Integer Group of Golden, Colo., designed the POS materials.

Q. If consumers want more information, especially on how to enter, what should they do?
A. For information on how to enter, consumers can call our toll-free softball hotline: 1-800-TO-COORS. But basically, consumers will need to obtain an entry form at a Coors Light softball display at participating retailers in late March or April, and mail their entry form to ASA between April 1 and April 26. Teams that don’t want to take a chance at entering the tournament through the mail, must enter via a Coors distributor-sponsored local qualifying tournament. Not all distributors are sponsoring tournaments.

Q. How will teams know if they have been selected for a spot in the local championship round?
A. The ASA will notify selected teams by mail on or about May 1. Others will be notified and placed on a waiting list.

Q. Will teams who mailed in entry forms be picked on a random basis in a drawing by ASA?
A. No. As clearly stated on the entry form, teams will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the order in which ASA receives their entry and request for registration form. Only entries post marked April 1 – April 26 will be considered.

Q. If your team is chosen, what then?
A. Your team manager will be notified and you will receive an official registration form which must be promptly returned with a registration fee of $175.


 

1996 Coors Light USA Softball World Series

Regional Playoff Schedule

August 10, 1996; Peoria, Arizona; Peoria Sports Complex

Game Time Teams
9:00am Air Force Academy Flyers (USAF , CO) vs. Omaha Frame (Omaha, NE)
10:30am J.T. Zook’s (Phoenix, AZ) vs. N.U.T.S.(Ogden, UT)
12:00pm Championship Game

August 17, 1996; Portland, Oregon; Portland Civic Center

Game Time Teams
11:00am Stratford Homes (Couer d’Alene, ID) vs. Chateau Realty (McMinnville, OR)
12:30pm Smog Stop (Sacramento, CA) vs. Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
2:00pm Championship Game

August 24, 1996; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Three Rivers Stadium

Game Time Teams
11:00am B&L Painting (Mt. Airy, MD) vs. E-Jay’s/Bulls (Charleston, SC)
1:00pm ZoZo’s Softball (Pittsburgh, PA) vs. Fuddrucker’s (Richmond, VA)
3:00pm Championship Game

September 14, 1996; Trenton, New Jersey; Mercer County Waterfront Park

Game Time Teams
11:00am Astoria (Woburn, MA) vs. Frenchy’s Bar & Grill (Roselle Park, NJ)
1:00pm Jerry’s Softball (Wilkes-Barre, PA) vs. Investor’s Assoc. (Long Island, NY)
3:00pm Championship Game

September 14, 1996; LaJolla, California, Triton Stadium

Game Time Teams
11:00am A-1 National Fence (Fresno, CA) vs. Sansone/TCS (Las Vegas, NV)
12:30pm Ruffnecks (Los Angeles, CA) vs. Balls Out (San Diego, CA)
2:00pm Championship Game

September 21, 1996; Knoxville, Tennessee; Bill Meyer Stadium

Game Time Teams
11:00am Kastaway’s (Marietta, GA) vs. Gremmels (Birmingham, AL)
12:30pm Paradise Christian (Miami, FL) vs. Extra Innings (Baton Rouge, LA)
2:00pm Championship Game

September 21, 1996; Louisville, Kentucky; Cardinal Stadium

Game Time Teams
11:00am Iron Horse Liquor (Owensboro, KY) vs. Mullinax Ford (Canton, OH)
1:00pm Oak Ridge Lndscpng (Ft Wayne, IN) vs. Granger’s (Milwaukee, WI)
3:00pm Championship Game

September 21, 1996; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Driller Stadium

Game Time Teams
11:00am Braves (Ft Worth, TX) vs. Pending
12:30pm Oilfield Pipe (Bartlesville, OK) vs. Hustlers (Austin, TX)
2:00pm Championship Game

It’s paradise on earth for the winner of the 1996 Coors Light.

After seven long months of competition, the first-ever Coors Light USA Softball World Series Champion has been crowned.

Paradise Christian School of Hialeah, FL emerged from a field of over 2,000 men’s C & D slow pitch teams from around the country that began the qualifying process for the event last April.

Teams qualified at local championships and then advanced through regional play picking up combined cash prizes totaling $400,000 along the way.

Eight teams ultimately advanced to Melbourne, FL with a shot at playing in the first ever Coors Light USA Softball World Series October 12. Along with the title, a grand prize of $100,000 was also awarded to the winner.

The eight quarterfinalists for the title included J.T. Zooks of Phoenix, AZ; Chateau Realty of McMinnville, OR; ZoZo’s Softball of Pittsburgh, PA; Astoria of Woburn, MA; Ruffnecks of Los Angeles, CA; Mullinax Ford of Canton, OH; Hustlers of Austin, TX; and Paradise Christian School of Hialeah, FL.

Quarterfinals

In the first day of competition, the field of eight was cut in half as Chateau Realty beat J.T. Zooks 24-7, Astoria beat ZoZo’s Softball 16-6, Paradise Christian beat the Ruffnecks 15-10 and Mullinax Ford blanked the Hustlers 13-0.

Semifinals

In the semifinals, Chateau Realty met Astoria to decide who would be the first team to reach the finals. Chateau Realty jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning before Astoria responded with eight runs in the bottom half of the inning, highlighted by a 375ft. blast over the right center field fence by Jim Duran.

Astoria posted four more runs in the bottom of the third with a two-run triple by Dick Queen and a two-run inside-the-park home run by Scott Queen. After erupting for five runs in the second inning, Astoria held Chateau Realty scoreless and advanced to the finals with 15-5 win.

In the night cap semifinal, Paradise Christian faced Mullinax Ford for the remaining spot in the finals. Paradise took the early lead in the top of the first, scoring five runs and holding Mullinax scoreless in the bottom of the inning.

In the third, Paradise erupted for 11 runs after stringing together seven straight run scoring singles. Mullinax responded in the bottom of the third posting six runs, including a three-run home run by Rick Mast but still trailed 17-9. Paradise shut the door on Mullinax in the sixth by scoring 10 runs to take a 30-17 win. Joseph Someillan led the Paradise attack in the sixth with two triples.

Championship Finals

In the finals, in front of an estimated crowd of over 2,000, Paradise looked solid from the beginning posting two runs in the top of the first and four in the second to take a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the second.

Astoria responded with three runs in the bottom of the second to cut the lead in half. Both teams were scoreless in the third but Paradise struck for four more runs in the fourth to stretch their lead to 10-3.

Astoria managed only one run in the bottom of the fourth and was shutout in the final two innings. Paradise scored seven more runs to ensure their 17-4 victory.

“You could say somebody above was responsible for this,” acting coach Juan Stefano said. “Astoria comes in averaging more than 20 runs a game and they only get four runs. How can you explain that?”

Most teams would celebrate because they had just put $100,000 in their pockets but the Paradise team donated the money they had won during the tournament (a total of $127,000) to the Paradise Christian School. The school, which is located in Hialeah, FL, is for under privileged kids.

William Springer, who is the head master of the school and also team manager, was unable to attend the series because of an illness. The team mutually decided that the gift would be the best way to thank him for his support.

“This is very satisfying,” Paradise pitcher Charlie Graham said. “We play softball because we love it and have fun. But we wouldn’t be here without Springer, and this was a way of paying him back.”

Paradise didn’t leave empty handed as each team member received a trophy and a Coors Light USA Softball World Series leather jacket.

Ray Glisson of Paradise Christian was named the MVP of the World Series and was awarded a color TV and VCR, which he also donated to Paradise Christian School. During the series, Glisson went 8-11 with two home runs and eight RBIs.

Runner-up Astoria also took home individual trophies and jackets as a consolation award.

After the success of the Coors Light USA Softball World Series in 1996, the program is expected to explode in an expanded version throughout the United States in 1997.

The finals of the World Series will be aired on ESPN on a tape-delay basis on Friday November 8 and on Friday, November 15 on ESPN2.

“From the concept stage forward we have been very excited about the potential of this great event. Now, after a full year of competition, we are especially excited to see how it has been received by the players. This program has the potential to become one of the biggest, most dynamic events to ever be a part of slow pitch softball. It’s something the players wanted and USA Softball is proud to be a partner with Coors Brewing Company in making it happen,” said Don E. Porter, ASA executive director.


GAME 1

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Chateu Realty (McMinnville, OR) 0 1 9 3 0 1 10 24 20 0
J.T. Zooks (Phoenix, AZ) 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 7 14 8

GAME 2

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ZoZo’s Softball (Pittsburgh, PA) 2 1 3 0 0 0 6 11 2
Astoria (Woburn, MA) 3 0 2 7 3 1 16 23 2

GAME 3

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Ruffnecks (Los Angeles, CA) 7 0 0 1 2 0 0 10 15 0
Paradise Christian (Hialeah, FL) 0 0 0 5 7 3 x 15 17 1

GAME 4

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Mullinax Ford (Canton, OH) 0 1 9 3 0 1 10 13 13 0
Hustlers (Austin, TX) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Line Scores (Semi-Finals)

GAME 5

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Chateu Realty (McMinnville, OR) 0 5 0 0 0 5 10 0
Astoria (Woburn, MA) 0 8 4 1 2 15 17 1

GAME 6

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Paradise Christian (Hialeah, FL) 5 1 11 0 3 10 30 31 3
Mullinax Ford (Canton, OH) 0 3 6 8 0 0 17 18 4

 

Championship Game

GAME 7

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Paradise Christian (Hialeah, FL) 2 4 0 4 3 4 17 18 1
Astoria (Woburn, MA) 0 3 0 1 0 0 4 10 3

— MVP —

RAY GLISSON
Left-Center/Catcher, Miami, Florida
.727 batting average (8-11)
8 RBI
7 runs scored
2 over-the-fence home runs
2 triples

1996 ASA Major Women’s Slow Pitch Nationals

1996 held at Dred Scott Playfield in Bloomington, Minnesota on August 31-September 1.


Champion: Spooks, Anoka, MN
Runner Up: Lakerettes, Conneaut Lake, PA


  • MVP – Teresa Held, Spooks
  • Batting Leader – Pam Schwartz, Express
  • Home Run Leader – ?

ASA MAJOR WOMEN’S SLOW PITCH ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

P – Jennifer Sis Woods, Lakerettes
C – Lucy Geidner, Armed Forces
1B – Linda Nelson, Spooks
2B – Julie Jorissan, Express
3B – Kim Bass, Quarve Contracting
SS – Carol Perroz, Lakerettes
OF – Pam Schwartz, Express
OF – Wanda Graham, Armed Forces
OF – Teresa Held, Spooks
OF – Wanda Hoffman, Lakerettes
UT – Margaret Linz, Flyers/Streamline Design
UT – Lisa Vietanen, Flyers/Streamline Design
UT – Jenne Ekegen, Quarve Contracting
UT – Sara Reiser, Spooks
DP – Judy Weber-Jones, Explosion

ASA MAJOR WOMEN’S SLOW PITCH ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

P – Diane Broe, Spooks
C – Jeanne Ghostley, Spooks
1B – Barb Balestrino, Lakerettes
2B – Sue Bupp-Ilyes, Lakerettes
3B – Kim Hahner, Lakerettes
SS – Pat Burns, Spooks
OF – Sue Roell, Spooks
OF – Beth Brochhauson, Quarve Contracting
OF – Denise Morris, Armed Forces
OF – Lori McCracken, Express
UT – Lynn Morgal, Flyers/Streamline Design
UT – Nancy Anderson, Spooks
UT – Kerry Muehienback, Armed Forces
UT – Bonnie Edwards, Express
DP – Angie Rooker, Lady Streamline/DeMarini


FINAL STANDINGS

1. Spooks, Anoka, MN 8-1
2. Lakerettes, Conneaut Lake, PA 3-3
3. Armed Forces, Williamsburg, VA 5-3
4. Express, Bloomington, MN 2-3
5t. Quarve Contracting, Spring Lake Park, MN 2-3
5t. Flyers/Streamline Design, Woodbury, MN 1-3
7t. Explosion, Urbana, IL 1-3
7t. Lady Streamline/Demarini, Bloomington, MN 0-2

Power Tour Home Run Derby Champion

Held at USSSA World Series

1988- Doug Brown, AJD
1994- Brian Greer, Dan Smith Plastering
1995- Hank Garris, Sunbelt/Worth
1996- Hank Garris, Sunbelt/Worth
1997- Hank Garris, Sunbelt/Dan Smith/Easton
1998- Doug Kissane, Team TPS
1999- Cancelled (Hurricane Floyd)
2000- No other information available

Coors Light (ASA) National Championship Series (1996-97)

1996 Paradise Christian School, Hialeah, FL Astoria, Woburn, MA

  • Ray Glisson, Paradise Christian (8-11, .727, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 7 Runs)

1997 Maximun Softball, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Beloli/Five Star, Waltham, MA

  • Rob Love, Maximum Softball (18-21, .857)

1998 – Tournament disbanded


1996 Coors Light USA/ASA Softball World Series (held at Space Coast Stadium, Melbourne, FL)

1. Paradise Christian School, Hialeah, FL 3-0
2. Astoria, Woburn, MA 2-1
3. Mullinax Ford, Canton, OH 1-1
3. Chateau Realty, McMinnville, OR 1-1
5. Hustlers, Austin, TX 0-1
5. Ruffnecks, Los Angeles, CA 0-1
5. ZoZo’s Softball, Pittsburgh, PA 0-1
5. J.T. Zooks Bar & Grill, Phoenix, AZ 0-1


  • MVP – Ray Glisson, Paradise Christian (8-11, .727, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 7 Runs, 2 Triples)

Game Scores Quarterfinals

Astoria, Woburn, MA defeated ZoZo’s Softball, Pittsburgh, PA (16-6)
Chateau Realty, McMinnville, OR defeated J.T. Zooks Bar & Grill, Phoenix, AZ (24-7)
Paradise Christian School, Hialeah, FL defeated Ruffnecks, Los Angeles, CA (15-10)
Mullinax Ford, Canton, OH defeated Hustlers, Austin, TX (13-0)

Semi-Finals

Astoria, Woburn, MA defeated Chateau Realty, McMinnville, OR (15-5)
Paradise Christian School, Hialeah, FL defeated Mullinax Ford, Canton, OH (30-17)

Championship

Paradise Christian School, Hialeah, FL defeated Astoria, Woburn, MA (17-4)


1996 Coors Light USA/ASA Softball Regional Winners

Coors Brewing Company teamed up with the ASA to create the Coors Light/USA Softball World Series – the first comprehensive, nationwide, slow-pitch Softball Championship. Amateur men’s Class-C and Class-D softball teams from across the United States will compete for the 1996 title. A series of local qualifying tournaments were held across the country, leading to 32 championships, with winners heading to eight regional playoffs, some played in local ballparks. The eight regional winners were then squared off for the World Series. The information about the 32 qualifying tournaments are nearly impossible to find.


Held at Trenton, NJ

1. Astoria, Woburn, MA (Regional Champion)
2. Jerry’s Softball, Wilkes-Barre, PA
3. Investor’s Associates, Long Island, NY
3. Frenchy’s Bar & Grill, Roselle Park, NJ

Held at Pittsburgh, PA

1. ZoZo’s Softball, Pittsburgh, PA (Regional Champion)
2. B&L Painting. Mt. Airy, MD
3. E-Jay’s/Bulls, Charleston, SC
3. Fuddrucker’s, Richmond, VA

Held at Knoxville, TN

1. Paradise Christian School, Hialeah, FL (Regional Champion)
2. Kastaway’s, Marietta, GA
3. Gremmels, Birmingham, AL
3. Extra Innings, Baton Rouge, LA

Held at Louisville, KY

1. Mullinax Ford, Canton, OH (Regional Champion)
2. Oak Ridge Landscaping, Ft Wayne, IN
3. Granger’s, Milwaukee, WI
3. Iron Horse Liquor, Owensboro, KY

Held at Tulsa, OK

1. Hustlers, Austin, TX (Regional Champion)
2. Braves, Ft Worth, TX
3. Oilfield Pipe, Bartlesville, OK
3. Team name unavaiable

Held at Peoria, AZ

1. J.T. Zooks, Phoenix, AZ (Regional Champion)
2. Air Force Academy Flyers, USAF, CO
3. Omaha Frame, Omaha, NE
3. N.U.T.S., Ogden, UT

Held at Portland, OR

1. Chateu Realty, McMinnville, OR (Regional Champion)
2. Smog Stop, Sacramento, CA
3. Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
3. Stratford Homes, Couer d’Alene, ID

Held at LaJolla, CA

1. Ruffnecks, Los Angeles, CA (Regional Champion)
2. A-1 National Fence, Fresno, CA
3. Sansone/TCS, Las Vegas, NV
3. Balls Out, San Diego, CA


1997 Coors Light USA/ASA Softball

Coors Brewing Company teamed up with the ASA once again to create the Coors Light/USA Softball World Series. Any Amateur men’s Class-C and Class-D softball teams from across the United States will compete for the 1997 title. This year will be a little different. Each state will hold its own State Championship qualifying tournament. The state champion will then go to the World Series and compete with the other 49 State Champions.


1997 Coors Light USA/ASA Softball World Series (held at Lee County Sports Complex, Fort Myers FL)

1. Maximum Softball, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 6-0
2. Beloli/Five Star, Boston, MA
3. Bash, Hackensack, NJ
4. ???
5. Minnehaha Liquors, St. Paul, MN 4-2

  • MVP – Rob Love, Maximum Softball (18-21, 857)

no information on the finish of these teams or their records:

Louis Chevy, Auburn, ME
Enola Sportsman’s Association, Harrisburg, PA
Angle Inn Heat, Baltimore, MD
CharlesTown Moose 948, Charlestown, WV
Harlow Brothers Lumber, Louisa, VA
Smog Stop, Sacramento, CA
UFP Universal, Buchanan, MI
KO’s, New York
H&H Express, Elk Park, NC
Sound Effects, Huntsville, AL
Citizen Bank, South Carolina
R&R Roofing, Louisville, KY
Steve’s Used Tires, Columbus, OH
Newport, Wisconsin
Ameron, Bridge City, LA
Wombats, Illinois
Mickey Finns/Godfathers, Omaha, NE
Long Homes, Kansas
Austin Hustlers, Austin, TX
Rhinos, Las Cruces, NM
Liners, Phoenix, AZ
Outlaws, Oregon
Buyers Edge, Colorado
North Bar Star, Wyoming

The Only Tournament Results available are:

Winners Bracket

Maximum Softball, Ft. Lauderdale, FL defeated Smog Stop of Sacramento
Minnehaha Liquors, St. Paul, MN defeated H&H Express of North Carolina 23-12
Maximum Softball, Ft. Lauderdale, FL defeated KO’s of New York
Minnehaha Liquors, St. Paul, MN defeated UFP Universal of Michigan 13-3
Maximum Softball, Ft. Lauderdale, FL defeated Sports Center of Indiana
Newport of Wisconsin defeated Minnehaha Liquors, St. Paul, MN 19-18
Maximum Softball, Ft. Lauderdale, FL defeated Bash, Hackensack, NJ
Maximum Softball, Ft. Lauderdale, FL defeated Beloli/Five Star, Waltham, MA
Losers Bracket
Minnehaha Liquors, St. Paul, MN eliminated Sound Effects of Huntsville, AL 12-1
Minnehaha Liquors, St. Paul, MN eliminated Sports Center of Indiana 14-13
Beloli/Five Star, Waltham, MA eliminated Minnehaha Liquors, St. Paul, MN 19-11 (Minn. finished 5th)
Beloli/Five Star, Waltham, MA eliminated ??? (??? finished 4th)
Beloli/Five Star, Waltham, MA eliminated Bash, Hackensack, NJ 10-7 (Bash finished 3rd)
Championship Game
Maximum Softball, Ft. Lauderdale, FL defeated Beloli/Five Star, Waltham, MA 14-8


1997 Coors Light USA/ASA Softball State Champs (not every state participated)

The information about all 50 State tournaments are nearly impossible to find. The (30) state championships that were found are listed here: 29 of these teams entered the tournament.

Maine

1. Louis Chevy, Auburn, ME
2. Biddeford & Saco
3. Maxwells

Massachusetts

1. Beloli/Five Star, Boston, MA
2. Tony’s Muckers, Lynn, MA
3. Clubhouse

New York

1. KO’s
2. Vets Armored Car
3. Investor’s Associates, Ronkonkoma, NY

New Jersey

1. Bash, Hackensack, NJ
2. Everlast, Flanders, NJ
3. Nicky D’s, Newark, NJ

Pennsylvania

1. Enola Sportsman’s Association, Harrisburg, PA
2. Pasco Tool, Girard, PA
3. Legacy Killians

Maryland

1. Angle Inn Heat, Baltimore, MD
2. B&L Painting
3. Arden Contracting, Crownsville, MD

West Virginia

1. CharlesTown Moose 948, Charlestown, WV
2. Westphal Ollies
3. Craig’s Paving 3D Lines

Virginia

1. Harlow Brothers Lumber, Louisa, VA
2. Spanky’s
3. Spirit Graphics, Richmond, VA

North Carolina

1. H&H Express, Elk Park, NC
2. Carpets by Thad
3. Lee Roy’s Frame, Concord, NC

South Carolina

1. Citizen Bank
2. Bulls
3. Dawgs

Alabama

1. Sound Effects, Huntsville, AL
2. Satterfields
3. CPP Softball

Florida

1. Maximum Softball, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2. Russell’s Paint/Body, Altamonte Springs, FL
3. Paradise Christian School, Hialeah, FL

Kentucky

1. R&R Roofing, Louisville, KY
2. R.I. Reds/Rodo
3. Hitachi

Louisiana

1. Ameron, Bridge City, LA
2. Wall Street
3. W. Monroe Sports, Monroe, LA

Ohio

1. Steve’s Used Tires, Columbus, OH
2. Airport Toyota, Miamisburg, OH
3. Swanton Welding, Toledo, OH

Indiana

1. Sports Center
2. Captain’s Cabin
3. GoldStar

Wisconsin

1. Newport
2. Hi-Liter
3. Knuckle Heads

Minnesota

1. Minnehaha Liquors, St. Paul, MN
2. Pro Source
3. Innovative Graphics, Shakopee, MN

Michigan

1. UFP Universal, Buchanan, MI
2. Dawgs
3. BBL/Lockes’

Illinois

1. Wombats
2. Thunder, West Chicago, IL
3. Gypsies

Nebraska

1. Mickey Finns/Godfathers, Omaha, NE
2. Farmers & Merchants Bank, Palmyra, NE
3. Ron’s Rebels, Omaha, NE

Kansas

1. Long Homes
2. Barley’s Brewhaus
3. Jocks Nitch, Pittsburgh, KS

Texas

1. Austin Hustlers, Austin, TX
2. Rosenberg Indians
3. Austin Angels, Austin, TX

New Mexico

1. Rhinos, Las Cruces, NM
2. Desperados
3. Sun Devils

Arizona

1. Liners, Phoenix, AZ
2. Deer Valley Texaco
3. USA Plumbing

California

1. Smog Stop, Sacramento, CA
2. Young Guns
3. Global Bearing

Oregon

1. Outlaws
2. Bronx Bombers
3. Team Eruption

Colorado

1. Buyers Edge
2. FRS
3. Master Collision

Wyoming

1. North Bar Star
2. Jenkins Music
3. Coors Light

Hawaii

1. Go Nuts
2. Homeboys
3. Robo

1996 TPS Power Ratings

The TPS Power Ratings are intended to reflect a team’s strength using the results from the 4 Associations top Levels of competition. Points are awarded on the basis of where a team places in any of the following regular and post season events:

  • USSSA Major NITs
  • ASA Super Qualifiers
  • NSA Class-AAA Qualifiers (AAA was Highest NSA class)
  • USSSA Class-AA Championship
  • ASA Major National
  • NSA Class-AA National
  • ISA Class-AA National

Points for Tournament Placements are

  • 1st             30 Points
  • 2nd             20
  • 3rd             15
  • 4th             10
  • 5-6th         6
  • 7-8th         4
  • 9-12th       2

Six (6) points are awarded for each win over a Super Team. Three (3) points are deducted (from any Super team) for any loss to a non-Super team. Points for placement and Super Wins (Super Losses will be deducted) will be awarded at triple value for each of the four (4) post season  Grand Slam Championships:

  • USSSA World Series
  • ASA Super Nationals
  • NSA World Series
  • ISA Super World Series

In case of an event being cancelled, points will be combined and divided among the teams sharing those positions in the event. In the event of ties at the end of season, ties will be broken first by head-to-head play and secondly by overall won-loss record.

Rank Team City State Points 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
1 *Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS Bridgewater VA 749 8 5 2 2
2 *Ritch’s/Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS Windsor Locks CT 617 10 2 1 2
3 *Lighthouse/Worth Stone Mountain GA 583 4 3 9 1
4 *Sunbelt/Easton Centerville GA 506 8 3 1 0
5 Dan Smith/Easton San Jose CA 348 2 8 2 0
6 *Steele’s Silver Bullets/Hit Men Brook Park OH 245 1 2 5 1
7 Bell II/Easton Orlando FL 210 1 4 2 1
8 SoJern/Specialty Tank/TPS Cedarbrook NJ 134 1 1 0 3
9 Franklin/Grover Los Angeles CA 119 0 2 1 1
10 Hague/Ohio Transport/Wessel/TPS Columbus OH 114 1 0 3 0
11 Herrin/Dudley Savannah GA 104 0 3 0 0
12 Whips/Instant Landscape/TPS Milwaukee WI 89 0 0 3 1
13 Spectrum/Easton Golden Valley MN 82 1 0 2 1
14 Southland/Back Porch/Moulton Furniture/TPS Gainesville GA 72 0 0 2 0
15 Converters Unlimited/TPS Kinston NC 69 1 0 1 1
16t Ranier/TPS Seattle WA 62 0 0 0 2
16t No Limit/TPS Concord CA 60 0 0 0 1
18 Herb’s/TPS San Diego CA 60 0 1 2 0
19 Long Haul/TPS Albertville MN 52 0 0 0 1
20 Liquid Blue Providence RI 48 0 0 0 0
21 Chip’s/Easton Nashville TN 46 0 0 0 0
22 AJ’s/Worth Richmond VA 44 0 0 0 2
23 Hinson’s/TPS Houston TX 43 0 0 1 0
24 Sonny’s/TPS Boston MA 41 0 1 0 0
25 Harrison’s Portsmouth VA 38 0 1 0 1
26t AJA/TPS Houston TX 26 0 0 0 1
26t D’s Dynasty/Easton Valley Center CA 26 0 0 0 0
28 Long Pest Control/TPS Tacoma WA 22 0 0 0 0
29 Belcher/Steele’s Manteno IL 21 0 0 0 1
30 SportsWorld/Reece/Worth Lebanon TN 20 0 0 0 1

The TPS Power Ratings are intended to reflect a team’s strength using the results from the four associations’ top levels of competition. Points are awarded on the basis of where a team places in any of the following regular and postseason events: USSSA Major NITs; ASA Super Qualifiers; NSA Class AAA Qualifiers, USSSA Class AA Championship; ASA Major Nationals; and NSA Class AA Championship. Points for tournament placements are: 1st–30; 2nd–20; 3rd–15; 4th–10; 5th–6; 7th–4; 9th–2. Six (6) points are awarded for each win over any Super team (identified by an asterisk * in front of the team’s name). Three (3) points are deducted (from any Super team) for any loss to a non-Super team. Points for placement and Super wins (Super losses will be deducted) will be awarded at triple value for each of the four post-season Grand Slam Championships; USSSA World Series, ASA Super Nationals, NSA World Series, and ISA Super Major World Series. In the case of an event being cancelled prior to its finish, points will be combined and divided amongst the teams sharing those positions in the event. In the event of ties and the end of the season, ties will be broken first by head-to-head play and secondly by overall won-loss records in these events.

1996 ASA Industrial Men’s Major Slow Pitch Nationals

1996 held at Eastwood Softball Complex in Tupelo, Mississippi on August 30-September 1.


Champion – Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Connecticut
Runner Up – Action A’s, Tupelo, Mississippi


  • MVP – Bob Kownacki, Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Batting Champion – Charles Robinson, Sports Belle – .909
  • HR Champion – Dean Cates, Action A’s – 10

ASA INDUSTRIAL MAJOR ALL AMERICANS FIRST TEAM

  • P – Mark Tremblay, Sikorsky
  • C – Blake Sherrod, Golden Poultry
  • 1B – Charles Robinson, Sports Belle
  • 2B – Rex Duncan, Sports Belle
  • 3B – Chester Cass, Russell Athletics
  • SS – Robert Fant, Southeast Pipeline
  • OF – Ed Muzyka, Sikorsky
  • OF – Charles Grant, Southeast Pipeline
  • OF – Tommy Baker, Ergon
  • OF – Adam Johnson, Action A’s
  • UTIL – Dean Cates, Action A’s
  • UTIL – Bob Kownacki, Sikorsky
  • UTIL – Jessie Foster, Russell Athletics
  • UTIL – Jerry Sanders, Russell Athletics
  • Player – Mike McCraw, Action A’s

ASA INDUSTRIAL MAJOR ALL AMERICANS SECOND TEAM

  • P – Ronnie Watts, Saltillo Reds
  • C – Robert Tomasello, Southeast Pipeline
  • 1B – Anthony Hendrix, Action A’s
  • 2B – Michael Homkovics, Sikorsky
  • 3B – Mark Berritto, Sikorsky
  • SS – Anthony Garland, Sports Belle
  • OF – Mark Ozley, Southern Co
  • OF – John Baily, Southern Co
  • OF – Roger Neal, K Mart
  • OF – John Williams, Golden Poultry
  • UTIL – Marty Nolan, Ergon
  • UTIL – Derrick Washington, Action A’s
  • UTIL – Steve Reagan, ROHR, Inc.
  • UTIL – Dwight Treadwell, Sports Belle

ASA INDUSTRIAL MAJOR ALL AMERICANS THIRD TEAM

  • P – Billy Brown, Action A’s
  • C – Stacy Pettway, Ergon
  • 1B – Bill Graham, Southeast Pipeline
  • 2B – Jeff Hopkins, ROHR, Inc.
  • 3B – Chris Milender, Golden Poultry
  • SS – Darin Bock, Amoco Oilers
  • OF – Larky Russell, Sports Belle
  • OF – Chris Pittner, Sheppard Senators
  • OF – Tim Gillespie, Saltillo Reds
  • OF – Robby Rakestraw, Saltillo Reds
  • UTIL – David Bradley, Sports Belle
  • UTIL – Dave Miles, Sheppard Senators
  • UTIL – Dewayne Jennings, Russell Athletics
  • UTIL – Bernard Kelley, Russell Athletics
  • Player – Dan Sykes, Granite City Steel

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Sikorsky, Stratford, CT (7-1)
2. Action A’s, Tupelo, MS (5-2)
3. Russell Athletics, Alexander City, AL (7-2)
4. Southeast Pipeline, Waxahachie, TX (4-2)
5t. Sports Belle, Oak Ridge, TN (3-2)
5t. Golden Poultry, Russellville, AL (3-2)
7t. Rohr, Inc., Sheridan, AR (3-2)
7t. Southern Co, Hueytown, AL (3-2)
9t. Ergon, Vicksburg, MS (2-2)
9t. Amoco Oilers, Texas City, TX (2-2)
9t. Sheppard Senators, Wichita Falls, TX (2-2)
9t. Granite City Steel, Granite City, IL (2-2)
13t. K Mart, Palmetto, GA (2-2)
13t. Saltillo Reds, Tupelo, MS (2-2)
13t. Bridgeport Corrections Center, Bridgeport, CT (2-2)
13t. Adm-Decatur, Decatur, IL (1-2)
17t. Berry Plastics #1, Evansville, IN (1-2)
17t. Barclay Furniture, Sherman, MS (1-2)
17t. Kimball International, Jasper, IN (1-2)
17t. Ringier America, Corinth, MS (1-2)
17t. Southwest Bell, Waxahachie, TX (1-2)
17t. Avery-Dennison, Meridian, MS (0-2)
17t. Wilsonart #1, Rogers, TX (0-2)
17t. Berry Plastic #2, Evansville, IN (0-2)
25t. Holnam Lp, Midlothian, TX (0-2)
25t. Echlin, New Haven, CT (0-2)
25t. Tecumseh, Tupelo, MS (0-2)
25t. M & W Windows, Tupelo, MS (0-2)
25t. Reynolds Metal, Florence, AL (0-2)

1996 Supreme Softball All-Stars

  • Phil Jobe, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS
  • J.C. Phelps, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS
  • Dirk Androff, Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS
  • Rusty Bumgardner, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS
  • Albert Davis, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS
  • Todd Joerling, Sunbelt/Easton
  • Britt Hightower, Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS
  • Doug Roberson, Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS
  • Todd Martin, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS
  • Doug Kissane, Steele’s
  • Wendell Rickard, Lighthouse/Worth
  • Ricky Huggins, LH
  • Mike Shenk, LH
  • Ron Parnell, Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS
  • Johnny McCraw, Sunbelt

1996 Supreme Softball All-Star Team

Player of the Year – Wendell Rickard, Lighthouse/Worth

P — Phil Jobe, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS
C — J.C. Phelps, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS, .767 BA, .796 OBA
1B — Dirk Androff, Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS
2B — Rusty Bumgardner, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS, 167 HRs
3B — Albert Davis, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS, 155 HRs
SS — Todd Joerling, Sunbelt/Easton
OF — Britt Hightower, Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS, 153 HRs
OF — Doug Roberson, Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS
OF — Todd Martin, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS
OF — Doug Kissane, Steele’s
DH — Wendell Rickard, Lighthouse/Worth, .759 BA, .786 OBA, 209 HRs
Ut.– Ricky Huggins, Lighthouse/Worth, 183 HRs
Ut.– Mike Shenk, Lighthouse/Worth
Ut.– Ron Parnell, Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS
Ut.– Johnny McCraw, Sunbelt/Easton

Honorable Mention

Dewayne Frizzell, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS
Tot Powers, Shen Valley/Superior/Taylor/TPS
Hank Garris, Sunbelt/Easton
Greg Harding, Sunbelt/Easton
Jeff Hall, Sunbelt/Easton
Dave Steffen, Sunbelt/Easton
Darrell Beeler, Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS
Larry Fredieu, Ritch’s-Superior/Tri-Gems/Beloli/TPS
Brad Stiles, Lighthouse/Worth
Larry Sauceman, Lighthouse/Worth
Roy Eppley, Herrin/Dudley
Jason Fleming, Herrin/Dudley
Robin Higginbotham, Bell II/Easton
Kim Seaman, Bell II/Easton
Jeff Wallace, Steele’s, Sonny’s, New Construction
Jeff Vargo, Whips/Instant Landscape/TPS
Greg Cannedy, Dan Smith/Easton
Andy Alvis, Dan Smith/Easton
Dennis Mendoza, Dan Smith/Easton
Shane Dubose, Dan Smith/Easton
Todd Volkers, Spectrum/Easton
Scott Striebel, Spectrum/Easton
Tim Linson, Hague/TPS
Jim Burbrink, Hague/TPS

1996 USSSA Men’s AA Slow Pitch World Tournament

1996 held at Salem, Virginia.


Champion – Spectrum/Pov’s/Easton, Plymouth, Minnesota
Runner Up – Dan Smith Plastering/Easton, San Jose, California


  • Co-MVP – Gary Jost, Spectrum/Pov’s/Easton (10-16, .625)
  • Co-MVP – Jeff Franks, Spectrum/Pov’s/Easton (21-30, .700)
  • HR Leader – Ernie Toth, Whips/Instant Landscaping – 13
  • Batting Leader – Dennis Mendoza, Dan Smith/Easton (15-18, 7 HR) – 833
  • Defensive MVP – Brian Greer, Dan Smith/Easton
  • Offensive MVP – Jeff Franks, Spectrum/Pov’s/Easton

USSSA AA ALL WORLD TEAM

  • P – Bruce Matzdorf – Instant Landscap/Whips/TPS
  • P – Gary Jost – Spectrum/Pov’s/Easton
  • C – Tommy Thompson – Hague/Ohio Transport/Wessel/TPS
  • 1B – Tim Linson – Hague/Ohio Transport/Wessel/TPS
  • 1B – Ernie Toth – Instant Landscap/Whips/TPS
  • 1B – Brian Greer – Dan Smith Plastering
  • 2B – Dennis Mendoza – Dan Smith Plastering
  • 3B – Marty Lanoux – Instant Landscap/Whips/TPS
  • SS – Rich Aliotti – Spectrum/Pov’s/Easton
  • OF – Jeff Franks – Spectrum/Pov’s/Easton
  • OF – Doug Johnson – Spectrum/Pov’s/Easton
  • OF – Scott Striebel – Spectrum/Pov’s/Easton
  • OF – Tim Magner – Spectrum/Pov’s/Easton
  • OF – Corey Snyder – Dan Smith Plastering
  • OF – Bobby Gilbert – Dan Smith Plastering
  • MGR – Gary Jost – Spectrum/Pov’s/Easton

OTHERS

  • Ted Larsen, Spectrum/Pov’s/Easton (13-18, .722)
  • Jeff Vargo, Instant Landscaping (11 HR)
  • Melvin Mallernee, Instant Landscaping (10 HR)
  • Larry Carter, Dan Smith Plastering (7 HR)

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Spectrum/Pov’s/Easton, Golden Valley, MN (5-1)
2. Dan Smith Plastering/Easton, San Jose, CA (5-2)
3. Whips/Instant Landscape/TPS, Milwaukee, WI (5-2)
4. Hague/Ohio Transport/Wessel/TPS, Columbus, OH (3-2)
5t. Herrin/Dudley, Savannah, GA (3-2)
5t. D’s Dynasty/Easton, Valley Center, CA (2-2)
7t. AJA/TPS, South Houston, TX (2-2)
7t. Sonny’s/TPS, Boston, MA (2-2)
9t. Chip’s/Easton, Nashville, TN (1-2)
9t. Kelly Plumbing, Cape Canaveral, FL (1-2)
9t. Converters/TPS, Kinston, NC (1-2)
9t. Harrison’s, Portsmouth, VA (1-2)
13t. ChecKing/Brien Oil/Star/TPS, Somers, CT (0-2)
13t. Sports Extra/Drew Pearson, Dallas, TX (0-2)
13t. AJ’s/Worth, Richmond, VA (0-2)
13t. Unique, Virginia (0-2)